The Annual Fund
Exceptional learning experiences are life-changing, and the Annual Fund helps to make those happen.

The Annual Fund is a vital cornerstone of philanthropy at Hillbrook School. Each year, the actual cost of a Hillbrook education exceeds tuition. The Annual Fund provides 7% of our school operating costs, making the difference between a good school and a great one - a place where all students can grow, learn and thrive.  

Annual gifts are also immediately put to work to fund the greatest needs and highest priorities of the current school year. 
 
With your gifts to the Annual Fund, Hillbrook is able to:
  • Attract world-class professionals to our school and retain them as valued members of our community. 
  • Provide enriching and valuable professional development opportunities for our faculty and staff, which helps to keep Hillbrook at the forefront of best practices in education.
  • Deliver engaging and innovative academic programs that bring out the best in each of our students.
  • Provide exceptional programs in the arts, athletics, music, language, and extra-curricular activities essential to student development both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Makes our one-of-a-kind Reach Beyond programming available to our students at all ages and stages.
  • Bolster our Flexible Tuition Program, fostering an inclusive, talented, and diverse community of learners.
  • Prepare our students for a world we cannot yet imagine, by placing technology, scientific equipment, and other leading-edge tools into the hands of our students and teachers.
Every gift to the Annual Fund is impactful, generous, and incredibly thoughtful. We thank each of our families and friends of Hillbrook School for contributing each year.
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Annual Fund FAQ

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Why is the Annual Fund important to me?

    The Annual Fund benefits every child, every day at Hillbrook School. It provides unrestricted income for programs that are critical to a Hillbrook education, as tuition fees do not cover the full cost of educating your student. The Annual Fund is crucial to the health of the school, and enables us to provide a supportive, inclusive learning environment for all our students, where they are challenged academically and supported emotionally.
  • Q. Why not raise the tuition?

    We are committed to supporting our families, and raising tuition to the actual cost of educating each student would make a Hillbrook education unreachable for some. By managing our costs through support of the Annual Fund, Hillbrook is able to keep our tuition viable for our families, and fulfill our ongoing commitment to attract a  diverse student body.

    All Annual Fund donations are tax-deductible, and many donations qualify for employee matching funds. Visit Employer Matching to see if your workplace participates.
  • Q. Why is 100% parent participation in the Annual Fund Drive important?

    In 2020, 96% of Hillbrook families participated in the Annual Fund. The participation of our community is a testament to your strong commitment to the mission and vision of our extraordinary school. Each gift we receive inspires additional giving, creating a collective and major impact that will benefit every student throughout the year.
  • Q. How much can I give?

    The cost to educate a child at Hillbrook this year is over $44,000, yet the highest tuition rate is $38,900. We encourage each family to donate at $5,000/student or above if they are able. However, ALL gifts - no matter the size - collectively make a tremendous impact, and are truly valued.
     
    Please refer to the top of the page to learn more about our Giving Levels.

  • Q. Is my donation tax-deductible?

    Donations to Hillbrook School are tax-deductible. Our non-profit organization, Federal Tax ID # is 94-0382325.
  • Q. How do I make a matching gift?

    Many companies match gifts made by employees to charitable organizations such as Hillbrook. The matched gift counts on your Hillbrook giving record, and your company will receive recognition. Visit Employer Matching to see if your company participates, or check with the HR department at your company to determine if they match gifts. Cathy Carlson or Felicity Jimenez-Howard can help process the paperwork or answer any questions you may have.
  • Q. Does Hillbrook accept donations of stock/securities?

    Do you own marketable securities (such as stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares) that:

    1. have appreciated in value, and
    2. you’ve owned for at least a year?

    If you're ready to sell, you can gift them to Hillbrook and earn a tax-deductible donation equal to its full current market value. You will not pay any capital gains taxes on the appreciation over your original purchase or basis price. Consider this option and maximize your giving dollars!

    Consult your tax/accounting advisor for specific advice applicable to your individual situation.

    Applicable forms can be downloaded here:Please reach out to Cathy Carlson, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, for details on stock transfers to Hillbrook.
     
  • Q. Can I pledge today and fulfill later?

    Yes! We ask that you fulfill your pledge to the Annual Fund by June 30th of the following year (funds received after June 30th are still accepted, but credited toward the Annual Fund of the next school year).
  • Q. Can I donate by check?

    Yes! Please select EFT when filling out the donation form, or send a check to the front office:

    Cathy Carlson
    Hillbrook School
    300 Marchmont Dr.
    Los Gatos, CA 95032
ANNUAL FUND GIVING LEVELS

Leadership:
$30,000 and above

Visionary Circle:
$20,000-$29,999
Donors at the Visionary Circle level and above are invited to a donor appreciation dinner event with the Head of School, Mark Silver. 

Benefactor:
$12,500-$19,999

Patron:
$7,500-$12,499

Friends Circle: 
$5,000-$7,499
Donors at the Friends Circle level and above are invited to a donor appreciation reception with Head of School, Mark Silver. 

Sponsor:
 
$2,500-$4,999

Supporter:
$1,000-$2,499

Contributor:
Up to $999

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Felicity Jimenez-Howard

    Felicity Jimenez-Howard 

    Associate Director of Advancement
    (408) 356-6116 ext. 522
  • Photo of Cathy  Carlson

    Cathy  Carlson 

    Director of Advancement
    (408) 356-6116 ext. 505
An independent Junior Kindergarten -8th grade school in Los Gatos since 1935

300 Marchmont Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032
 
 
(408) 356-6116 | info@hillbrook.org